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Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Why Darren Wilson was never going to be indicted for killing Michael Brown.  —  The first Ferguson protests had two slogans: “Hands up, don't shoot”—referring to Michael Brown's final actions before he was killed—and “Justice for Michael Brown.”  And when you asked protesters what they meant by …
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Ben Casselman / FiveThirtyEight:
It's Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson's Just Did  —  A St. Louis County grand jury on Monday decided not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson in the August killing of teenager Michael Brown.  The decision wasn't a surprise — leaks from the grand jury …
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Michael Brown's Stepfather Urged Protesters To “Burn This Bitch Down” After Grand Jury Announcement  —  Buster  —  Michael Brown's stepfather last night repeatedly urged protesters to “Burn this bitch down” after a prosecutor announced that no criminal charges would be filed against the Ferguson …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Witnesses Saw Michael Brown Attacking-and Others Saw Him Giving Up  —  A grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri, has ruled that there is no probable cause to believe Officer Darren Wilson committed a crime when he killed Michael Brown.  Put another way, in their estimation …
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Exclusive: George Stephanopoulos Interviews Police Officer Darren Wilson … In an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, police officer Darren Wilson breaks his silence about the shooting of Michael Brown.  —  Wilson told ABC News that he did not execute Brown on August 9 …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Ferguson Library Sees ‘Staggering’ Spike In Donations After Grand Jury Decision  —  The Ferguson, Mo. Public Library saw a “staggering” spike in donations Tuesday in the wake of widespread unrest in the St. Louis suburb.  —  While area schools cancelled classes for the day following …
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Peter King: President Obama should invite Officer Darren Wilson to the W.H.  —  Rep. Peter King has a suggestion for the White House in dealing with the latest developments in Ferguson — invite Officer Darren Wilson over.  —  “I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met …
Discussion: Mediaite and Hullabaloo
KSDK-TV:
Last Slide  —  He said gas lines were another challenge faced …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Legal Experts Explain Why The Ferguson Grand Jury Was Set Up For Failure
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Go to Ferguson Right Now, President Obama, and Give Your Biggest Race Speech Yet
Maria L. La Ganga / Los Angeles Times:
Darren Wilson, recalling shooting, said Michael Brown looked like a demon
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Kathleen Hunter / Bloomberg.com:
Democrats Erred by Acting on Health Care in 2010, Schumer Says  —  Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) — Democrats made a mistake by passing President Barack Obama's health-care law in 2010 instead of focusing more directly on helping the middle class, third-ranking U.S. Senate Democrat Charles Schumer said today.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Schumer: Democrats Screwed Up By Passing Obamacare In 2010  —  New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that Democrats made a mistake by setting their sights on health care reform early in President Barack Obama's first term, arguing that his party should have focused on fixing the economy first.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Mediaite
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Schumer slams ‘sensationalist’ press
Discussion: Hot Air
Sen. Rand Paul / TIME:
Rand Paul: The Politicians Are To Blame in Ferguson  —  The failure of the War on Poverty has created a culture of violence and put police in a nearly impossible situation.  —  We are witnessing a tragedy in Ferguson.  This city in Missouri has become a focal point for so much.
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics, CNN and Politico
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Tony Romm / Politico:
Rand Paul on Ferguson: Criminal justice reforms part of answer
Discussion: Hit & Run
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
Justice Was Served in Ferguson—This Isn't Jim Crow America
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Obama's Immigration Action Reinvigorates Tea Party  —  WASHINGTON — In all its fury and unanimity, the response from the right over President Obama's decision to change immigration policy without the consent of Congress was the manifestation of a major transformation inside the Tea Party.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
How To Talk To Your Tea Party Uncle About Obamacare This Thanksgiving
Ken Kurson / The New York Observer:
Sen. Ted Cruz, '16 Presidential Hopeful, Woos New York Jewish Donors  —  'I don't think I'm all that conservative'; If not a love match, at least some serious flirting  —  Ted Cruz addresses a small lunch group, including from left Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Michael Steinhardt, Ken Abramowitz and Mort Klein.
The Hill:
How Obama and Chuck Hagel reached the end of the line  —  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's exit from the Obama administration came after weeks of discussion with President Obama over what role he would play in shaping defense policy over the last two years of his term.
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
How Obama Dumped Hagel
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
‘Stupidity’ consultant agrees to testify  —  Jonathan Gruber, the former ObamaCare adviser in hot water for his comments about the “stupidity of the American voter,” has agreed to testify at a House panel next month, setting up a healthcare showdown in what could be the final week of this Congress.
Yascha Mounk / New York Times:
Is Harvard Unfair to Asian-Americans?  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — NEARLY a century ago, Harvard had a big problem: Too many Jews.  By 1922, Jews accounted for 21.5 percent of freshmen, up from 7 percent in 1900 and vastly more than at Yale or Princeton.  In the Ivy League, only Columbia …
Discussion: The Dish and National Review
Politico:
GOP leaders uniting around plan to avoid shutdown  —  House Republican leaders are beginning to coalesce around a strategy to avoid a government shutdown in less than a month.  —  The likely proposal would fund nearly the entire government through September 2015, but immigration enforcement related funding …
New York Times:
F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies  —  WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration will announce sweeping rules on Tuesday that will require chain restaurants, movie theaters and pizza parlors across the country to post calorie counts on their menus.
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Joe Millitzer / FOX2now.com:
Body found in Ferguson neighborhood
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Clinton Shadow Campaign Gets Ready For The Real Thing
Discussion: Political Wire
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
In Same-Sex Marriage Calculation, Justices May See Golden Ratio
Discussion: Above the Law, SCOTUSblog and ACS Blog
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Ferguson Protestor: A Woman Had A Heart Attack And Police Tear Gassed Her
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Kevin B. Sanders / The New York Observer:
John Kerry Advised Russian Foreign Minister ‘Just Ignore Obama’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler